The Vanishing Otter

1978

Anglia Television wildlife documentary examining the threat to otter populations.

Documentary highlighing the decline of the otter and the state of England's waterways. Amongst the wildlife of the Norfolk Broads - from water voles to heron - the otter remains a most elusive creature, partly because they are largely active at dawn and dusk, but also because human progress is threatening their riverside habitats. The life of otters is shown, beginning with a female otter with two cubs in a holt, and following them through early life, from their first forays out of the holt and the use of 'contact calls', to the beginning of a fish diet and periods of play and discovery on the riverbank. Although fully-grown otters have no natural predators, they had been threatened by hunters and fishermen since the 12th century, who saw them as rivals and thieves. Now protected, the principal threat to otters is the ever-increasing disturbance of waterways, from chemicals and pesticides, to the draining of marshlands and the complex nature of their diverse overground feeding areas. The Norfolk-based Otter Trust, along with the Nature Conservancy, work to protect the current otter population, whose feeding grounds in East Anglia extend to the saltwater marshes, where they stalk crabs and flat fish during low tide.

Keywords

Endangered species; Natural habitats; Norfolk Broads; Otters; Wildlife conservation

Manifestations

The Vanishing Otter

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    INV396319
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:24:19
    Modification Date
    25/11/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    734443
  • Barcode
    INV332693
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:24:19
    Modification Date
    31/08/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    725191
  • Barcode
    INV319023
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:24:19
    Modification Date
    31/08/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    724370
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV393638
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    DV digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:24:19
    Modification Date
    10/05/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    708448
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV258012
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    master digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:24:26
    Modification Date
    22/11/2010
    Parts
    Reference
    697640
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV241083
    Canonical Identifier
    3
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Details
    Carrier Type
    16mm film
    Colour System
    colour
    Colour Type
    colour
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:26:40
    Has Image
    Y
    Has Sound
    Y
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    pos
    Modification Date
    11/11/2010
    Parts
    Reference
    696948
    Sound
    sound
    Sound System
    variable area

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